IDF stations Iron Dome battery in Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area

IDF stations Iron Dome battery in Tel Aviv Metropolitan Area

Israel has been targeting the Islamic Jihad movement following the Israeli-led attack on the Gaza Strip's cross-border tunnel, fearing revenge by the movement.

Iron Dome joins Israel's comprehensive missile defense network which includes the David's Sling system, meant to protect against mid-range missiles, and the Arrow Interceptor system, created to provide defense against long-range ballistic missiles.

The Islamic Jihad group, meanwhile, threatened to hit back at Israel over the destruction of the tunnel Israel says the group dug.

The terror group is known to have Katyusha rockets, which could reach Israel's heavily populated central coastal region.

Amid rising tensions between the Gaza-based terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israel, PIJ has reportedly raised its level of readiness for conflict to the highest degree.

Iron Dome

The Trump administration's worldwide negotiations representative, Jason Greenblatt, on Monday called on the terror group to tone down its war rhetoric, tweeting, "Extremist statements & provocation vs. Israel by Islamic Jihad significantly harm the people of Gaza & are very unsafe".

The Israel Defense Forces blew up the tunnel, which originated in the Gazan city of Khan Younis and crossed into Israeli territory, near Kibbutz Kissufim, on October 30. Also on Sunday, Khaled al-Batash, a senior Islamic Jihad official in Gaza, said the organization will "have no other choice to punish Israel for killing its members", Ynet said.

In his YouTube message, Mordechai referred to those reconciliation efforts, saying Islamic Jihad was "playing with fire" and potentially threatening the talks as well as the safety of Gaza Strip residents.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, November 12, 2017.

"Our account with them will not be closed except with a response", he said.


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